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Comparing three kit lenses on the E-M5

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by RichA, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. RichA

    RichA Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 28, 2012
    To see the full-sized images, click the link. To see the differences, you really have to.
    Also, anyone looking for a really decent kit lens (and if you got the 4/3rds to m4/3rds electronic adapter in the E-M5 North American deal) Henry's Outlet store in Mississauga, Ontario has five of the Olympus 14-42mm 4/3rds lenses for $49.00/ea. in stock.
    I'm pretty impressed with the old lens, and it and the adapter don't weight much more than the pan 14-45mm. Focusing is slow though.

    All lenses set at 14mm, on the E-M5.

    Comparison of 3 lenses.jpg photo - Richard Anderson photos at pbase.com

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  2. dcisive

    dcisive Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 19, 2010
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    With all due respect to YOUR results the copy of the 12-50 I got is not as mediocre as the one you obviously received. Mine is quite sharp even wide open, your's is obviously NOT. by f4.5 it is as sharp as one should require. I rather like all the aspects of the lens and frankly am glad it's a decent performer, because I would not care to give up the reach nor the macro or power zoom features. Just my taste perhaps.
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  3. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Title is misleading. The best selling E-M5 kit lens so far is the :43: version of the Oly 14-42 - and you didn't test it!
  4. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    14-45 by a mile.
  5. efoo

    efoo Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 5, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    M4/3 is right about that. The three kit lenses for an E-M5 are 14-42mm, 40-150mm and 12-50mm lenses. Pany 14-45mm and Oly 4/3 14-42mm are not E-M5's kit lenses.

    I also agree with dcisive. Your 12-50mm photo is very soft when viewed at 100% crop, mine is not as soft as your.
  6. KH74

    KH74 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 11, 2012
    Western Australia
    I have to agree with dcisive. It looks like there is something wrong with your kit lens.
  7. bongestrella

    bongestrella Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 2, 2011
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    To the OP, if you have the panny 14mm, I'd like to see some comparisons as well :) 
  8. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    All tests show the 12-50 is softer than the 14-45.

    It is of course much more flexible however.
  9. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Pany 14-45 sure rocks in this comparison. In my experience, the Pany 14-45 never fails to impress with great IQ.

    The Oly 12-50 lens results are shockingly HORRIBLE in this comparison. :eek: 
  10. RichA

    RichA Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 28, 2012
    English is a very nuanced language

    Kit lenses could apply to any kit lenses from any camera since I did not say the kit lenses all belonged to the E-M5.
    As for the 12-50mm, the fact it can do all it can (wider zoom, near 1:1 macros, etc) pretty much assured it would not match the others for definition, resolution, etc. There is no free lunch.
  11. st3v4nt

    st3v4nt Mu-43 Veteran

    May 26, 2011
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Although I'm using Pany 14 mm much more than 14 in kit lens (I own both the 14-42 and 12-50) I tend to agree with other that the 12-50 used for this test could have problem.
  12. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Very likely it appears that way because it's side by side with a sharper lens.
  13. RichA

    RichA Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 28, 2012
    I'll check out another copy, but IMO, there is no problem with the 12-50mm I have. It's just the old, "Jack of all trades, master of none" syndrome that hits lenses that are too flexible for their own good.
  14. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Everything in engineering is a compromise of aperture, size, sharpness, contrast, af speed, weather sealing, etc.
  15. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Thanks for sharing..gladly holding onto my 14-45mm!
  16. rkelac

    rkelac Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 15, 2011
  17. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Because for whatever reason Roger tested the 14-45mm at its weakest focal lengths.
  18. rkelac

    rkelac Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 15, 2011
    But the 12-50 still seems to have higher absolute resolution in this study than other studies. Seems like a strange result.
  19. RichA

    RichA Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 28, 2012
    Most testers have found it less sharp than they'd have liked. If offered though, I wonder how many people would be willing to give up macro to gain extra sharpness?
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